Normally I would put a post like this on the Inverness Press, but I was specifically tagged for Under Loch and Key and so here it lies.
This post has 3 parts: My ROW80 update, my Liebster Post, and The Next Best Thing.
If you’re stopping by from ROW80, here’s my update:
I’m very relieved to have decided to take a hiatus in April. I really need this time to step back, recoup my energy, and decide how to set out towards my long term goals as a writer. This past week I’ve done plenty of shorts but nothing longer. I’m keeping up my writer-skills, but not finishing what needs to be finished. I have serious Ooh! Shiny! issues with new ideas as well as old ideas that resurface.
I was nominated for the Liebster Award by The Imaginator (go check out his blog!). The award is given to up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers; the person nominated needs to answer eleven questions and nominate eleven other bloggers, ask them eleven questions in turn and then comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve been nominated.
Here are my answers to The Imaginator’s questions, and then my answers to Eleanor’s questions since I really really liked them (and today is Douglas Adams’ birthday)
In honour of being nom’d by a Brit, I’m including the letter “u” in all kinds of places “u” wouldn’t normally be seen stateside.
Here are the questions The Imaginator asked of me and the ten others he nominated:
1) What is your favourite food?
Pineapple chicken. Although I also have a love of York Peppermint Patties and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, but I’m not sure candy should equate to food…
2) What scares you the most?
Kayaks. Seriously… you tip over, you drown.
3) What is your pet hate?
Random acts of hatred. As in the opposite of random acts of kindness… when people randomly spout hateful things against a person (like Justin Bieber) or group (like churches) even though the person/group never did anything to hurt them.
5) Who is your favourite cartoon character?
6) do you like better, dogs or cats?
This is a toughie. Cats, because they are better at quiet cuddles. But dogs are better at demonstrating unconditional love.
7) If you could travel back in time for a day, when would you go to?
Let’s assume I can’t affect or change anything, since that would lead to a plethora of possibilities. Hmmm… if I could understand Hebrew, I’d go to hear Jesus deliver the Sermon on the Mount.
8) Sex or chocolate?
9) Beer or wine?
10) Which famous singer can you best imitate?
Tina Turner. Proud Mary. Like a boss.
11) If you could be an animal, which animal would you be?
A guinea pig. They lead such pampered lives…
And now, just for the heck of it, I’ll answer the questions that Eleanor Croy wrote for The Imaginator:
1. What is the answer to the great question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
42 (Happy Birthday Douglas Adams!)
2. In your opinion, is the climbing hydrangea or the bougainvillea more evil?
Le Gasp! The Bougainvillea is one of the most beautiful flowers ever! So I guess I’ll say climbing hydrangea.
3. Can you hula-hoop?
I used to have mad hula-hooping skillz. Like, I used to win contests in my teenage years. Can I now? Not well… unless it’s the weighted version designed for exercise.
4. Even if you could hula-hoop, why the heck would you want to?
Of all the weight-loss exercises I can think of, rollerskating and hula-hooping top the list. Maybe at the same time…
5. What’s the magic word?
6. Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, or Spock?
Lizard. Because newts weren’t a choice.
7. What sort of punishment should a blogger be subjected to, who recycles his or her old ideas and just hopes against hope that no one will notice?
I’m seriously considering recycling some old SciFi Questions of the Day. But I only had a handful of followers back when I began, and I have a lot more now. Please don’t hurt me!
8. If I gave you a bucket of water balloons and let you loose, who would you splosh first, and why?
I would be sorely tempted to lob it at any student who gave me a lame excuse for not doing their homework (My dayjob is teaching Excel and Access to college freshmen) but that would be unprofessional. Still, tempting…
9. What is the first thing that pops into your head when you cross your eyes, stick out your tongue, and hop up and down on one foot?
OMG I jiggle far too much to keep doing this… wait… why am I doing this?
10. What is your superpower?
Not smacking people upside the head even though they desperately deserve it.
11. Do you have a secret identity?
I have a couple of pseudonyms. “Inverness” and “Drumnadrochit” are cities in Scotland. My real last name is Fredricksen. But I keep AmyBeth as my first name no matter which last name I use.
My nomination is:
But seriously… if someone else wants to answer these questions in the comments or their own blog, do eet!
And my eleven questions for you are:
- What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
- Would you write about sparkly unicorns if I paid you a huge chunk of money?
- How frequently should a published author blog?
- Is it worth $80 for me to have my hair professionally dyed before the writers conference?
- Have you ever worn a corset?
- Which actor was the best Batman?
- Which actor was the best Bruce Wayne?
- Would you be an awesome Batman?
- Could you write a really awesome Steampunk Romance?
- What would be your greatest asset in case of a zombie apocalypse?
- Who shot first, Han or Greedo?
The Next Big Thing
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. I hope you’ll find new-to-you authors whose works you enjoy. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to two other authors you can explore!
In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek). We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!
My definition of Work in Progess has recently been traumatized by my sad, sad tendency to say “Ooh! Shiny!” and chase new opportunities before I’ve finished the old. I’m taking April off, and attending a writers’ conference. Meanwhile, I’m calling the newest and shiniest story my WIP.
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: WHAT IS THE WORKING TITLE OF YOUR BOOK?
To Whom She Was Married
2: WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM FOR THE BOOK?
I’ve always loved stories about couples who were married for some non-romantic reason, then find love with each other. A year ago I was reading about Marie Antoinette and how the old King had his mistress marry some random nobleman just so she’d have a legitimate reason to be at Versailles. My story began with what might happen to the mistress when the king died. And then there were these pictures, which made me take the story off the shelf and start working on it again.
The David Tennant picture is a publicity shot on the “Doctor Who and the TARDIS by Craig Hurle” fan page on facebook. It was turned into a meme saying “Just stand there, Cause I’m gonna hug you.”
The Peacock dress is from the Stella de libero Collection SAD 00421-12
3. WHAT GENRE DOES YOUR BOOK COME UNDER?
Steampunk. And unfortunately I’m not sure I can do the genre justice. I stress too much over historical because there are too many rules I can’t keep straight, but if I create a Steampunk world then I can make up my own rules.
4: WHICH ACTORS WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY YOUR CHARACTERS IN A MOVIE RENDITION?
5: WHAT IS THE ONE-SENTENCE SYNOPSIS OF YOUR BOOK?
With the King’s death, Lorelei’s tenure as pampered mistress is over, and her only recourse is to beg shelter from the husband she hardly knows.
6: IS YOUR BOOK SELF-PUBLISHED, PUBLISHED BY AN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER, OR REPRESENTED BY AN AGENCY?
None of the above.
7: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THE FIRST DRAFT OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT?
I’ve learned that I am capable of writing 50k in a month when I’m pushing myself, but I’ve been submitting several shorts lately and haven’t finished the longer works. Hopefully after April I’ll have a new focus.
8: WHAT OTHER BOOKS WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS STORY TO WITHIN YOUR GENRE?
I hope to have the humor of Kieran Kramer, who writes historical and writes it extraordinarily well. As for Steampunk, there are many great examples and I hope I can both stand out for my unique vision and fit right in with a story to the heart of the genre.
9: WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
Marie Antionette and the photos above.
10: WHAT ELSE ABOUT YOUR BOOK MIGHT PIQUE THE READER’S INTEREST?
I have another Steampunk romance on the shelf called Give Me Your Answer Do. It’s about a mermaid, also inspired by a gorgeous image. Well, she has legs…anyway, I made it more SciFi than fantasy. (This took some real-science juggling.) Both stories will be in the same world. I also have a very popular short that I published here on this blog called Keeping Up With the Joneses which could probably also fit in. The story was inspired partly by a writing prompt, and partly by an astounding Steampunk image of model Ophelia Overdose.